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A TAILING TALE – A Tailing Tale of George Nelson

A TAILING TALE – A Tailing Tale of George Nelson

In 1931, President Herbert Hoover led our struggling country through the great depression. The U.S. adopted the Star Spangled Banner as our national anthem, and on May 7, George Nelson was born in a little hospital on the corner of Broadway and Alpine in Boulder. The first child born to Martin and Dollie Nelson, George’s […]

TRAIL’S END – 101 Years of The Denver Western Stock Show

TRAIL’S END – 101 Years of The Denver Western Stock Show

The Wild West and Buffalo Bill Cody are synonymous when it comes to the adventurous American West. Arguably America’s first western showman, William F. Cody personified the West and endeared America as well as Europe to a by gone era. While Buffalo Bill’s frontier exploits are legendary, the time spent from his Pony Express days […]

A Tailing Tale of Dolores Spellman, Matriarch of Black Hawk

A Tailing Tale of Dolores Spellman, Matriarch of Black Hawk

Born January 10, 1933 in Chase Gulch, Dolores Blake Spellman proudly states she is the oldest native resident still living in Black Hawk. As I sat down with the town matriarch recently, she pointed out on a picture of the town every location that has been an integral part of her life for the past […]

The ghosts of Christmas past

The ghosts of Christmas past

Holiday has dark—even frightening—origins For most people, Christmas is a joyful time. Families gather around a tree (be it evergreen, spruce or plastic) for good food, gift giving, songs and all-around good cheer. Centered on childhood, religion and good old-fashioned commercialism, our Christmas is all about giving, loving and pleasing others, as it should be. […]

A Tailing Tale of Winks Lodge of Lincoln Hills

A Tailing Tale of Winks Lodge of Lincoln Hills

During the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan was at its height of power in Colorado. In the election of 1924, the Klan won control of the Colorado House of Representatives and saw its favorite, Clarence Morley, elected governor. Denver Mayor Benjamin Stapleton was friendly to the Klan and it was common to see crosses burning […]

A Rocky Mountain Christmas

A Rocky Mountain Christmas

By Linda Wommack There is nothing as magical as a snow white Rocky Mountain Christmas. Several mountain towns, many within an hours’ drive from Denver, offer shopping, dining and seasonal entertainment. Golden – The charming community of Golden offers a month-long holiday celebration. The “Olde Golden Christmas” includes festive activities such as elf-themed 5k runs, […]

Remembering Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary

Remembering Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary

Plans are made and tickets are bought for the thousands of now retired military personnel who served and saw the horror of enemy invasion at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. The 75th anniversary will take place at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 2007. It is an anniversary, an occasion, for these courageous men, now […]

A Tailing Tale of Mae West

A Tailing Tale of Mae West

Come Up and See Me Sometime . . . in Central City Many thanks to David Forsyth, executive director of Gilpin County Historical Society, for this tale. When Mae West arrived in Denver in July 1949 to perform her play Diamond Lil at the Central City Opera House, it seemed as if she was the […]

A TAILING TALE – Pony Express to printing press

A TAILING TALE – Pony Express to printing press

When miners and settlers first came west, the only communication they had with home was through travelers they met along the trail, or in towns and mining camps. News was precious and rare, and word-of-mouth was the only means of keeping in touch. However, soon after the California gold rush of 1849, the U.S. Post […]

TRAIL’S END – Denver’s Saint Joseph Hospital

TRAIL’S END – Denver’s Saint Joseph Hospital

Mother Xavier Ross of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, sent four Sisters to the Colorado Territory to begin a hospital. She gave them nine dollars and the challenge: “Look forward for what good there is yet to be.”  In 1873, Sister Joanna Bruner, along with Sisters Clare Bergen, The odora McDonald and Veronica […]